My Lord cobhams/ Letter per byndyng/ of the owners and occupyers/ of Iron Works/ 4 october 1590/
To my Lovinge freend Sir/ Jhon Leveson knight my/ Deputie lieutenant/
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After my hartie Com[m]endac[i]ons unto yow. Wheras my Lords of her/ ma[jes]ies most honorable previe Councell have ben crediblie informed/ that not w[i]thstandinge their Lor[dshi]ps orders formerlie taken, for the/ inhibitinge of any Iron ordnance, to be transported beyond/ thes Seas, greate quantitie therof ar still conveied over, to/ the greate preiudice of the State, and the manifest cont=/ empt, and breache of their sayd orders: and have therfore re/ quired me, by their Lord[shi]ps Le[tter]s, dated at Wyndsor the xxvij/ of September 1590, im[m]ediatelie uppon the receipt therof, to/ take stricte order, for the due execuc[i]on of their Lor[dshi]ps sayd/ L[ette]rs, formerlie wryten in that behaulfe: and that I should/ cawse bands, with good Suerties to be taken, in one thou sand/ pounds, of all such as do make any ordnance, w[i]thin my Lieu/ tenancie, w[i]th condic[i]on that noe Iron peece above a Mynion/ shalbe made, or cast, by any of them, Untyll further direc[i]on/ to the contrarie: w[hi]ch bands so to be taken, their Lor[dshi]ps thinke/ fytt, should be returned unto her ma[jes]ties Excheq[ue]r at Westminster,/ that in case they should be forfeited, they may be put in Sute/ as shalbe thought meete: I have therfore thought good to/ praye yow, to take order accordinglie, And to returne unto me/ the sayd bands, so taken w[i]th as much expedic[i]on as yow can,/ to be ordered as aforesayd. Wherin yow shall do well to use/ Mr Bings helpe, who ys acquaynted with their Lor[dshi]ps former/ comandments in that behaulfe, And what ther uppon hath/ ben dun, from tyme, to tyme, accordinglie. And for yo[u]r better/ instruc[i]ons I send yow here inclosed the names of such/ personns as were last certefied by him to be Casters of/ Iron ordinance w[i]thin that part of the Shire./
Since the wrytinge hereof, I receaved a second Le[tte]r/ from their Lor[dshi]ps touching also the casting of Iron/
Sir Jhon Leveson Knight/
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Ordnance, the copie wherof I send yow inclosed, that you/ may the better understand ther Lor[dsh]ips <further> pleasure: praying you/ to retorne such certificate of your doings, as that their Lor[dsh]ips/ may be thoroulie satysfyd, accordinge to the contents of/ both thier Le[tte]rs. And so reco[m]ending the whole Care/ hereof unto you. I com[m]yt yow to God. From the court at Wyndsor this 4th of October 1590/
Your lovinge freend/
I praye Sir send to mr Henry fane/ to send yow the names of the demi/ Lawnces that served under him at/ Tylberie unto yow/
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(with permission of South Staffordshire County Council)
Sir John Leveson
An addendum requesting the number of demi-lancers that served at Tilbury under Mr Fane.
The document is written in secretary hand as a copy of the original letter sent by Cobham. The writing deteriorates as the document proceeds and becomes illegible in part by the end.